Arts Al­liance seeks sub­mis­sions for Sum­mer Art Show

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The Charles County Arts Al­liance is now ac­cept­ing sub­mis­sions for a Spe­cial Sum­mer Art Show, a multi-me­dia public ex­hibit, to be held at the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing, 200 Bal­ti­more St., La Plata, from July 12 to Sept. 5. The gallery is ad­ja­cent to the front lobby en­trance. The ex­hibit will rec­og­nize lo­cal artists with dis­abil­i­ties. The month of July is Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Month. Cel­e­brate with the Charles County Arts Al­liance, the Charles County Com­mis­sion on In­di­vid­u­als with Dis­abil­i­ties and the Tri-County Coun­cil for this event.

Lo­cal artists with dis­abil­i­ties are in­vited to sub­mit a max­i­mum of two works of art on any sub­ject, to the Charles County Com­mis­sion on In­di­vid­u­als with Dis­abil­i­ties for con­sid­er­a­tion. The theme of the art show is “Artists With­out Lim­its.” The dead­line to sub­mit is June 30 (there is no sub­mis­sion fee). Art­work en­tries must be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally as dig­i­tal im­ages (jpegs) at­tached to an email sent to emi­ly­fer­

In­clude “Spe­cial Sum­mer Art Show 2017” in the sub­ject line. The email with sub­mis­sion must in­clude: the artist’s name, mail­ing ad­dress, email ad­dress, phone num­ber, biography (half­page max, in MS-Word), head­shot (jpeg), ti­tle of the art­work, medium/ ma­te­ri­als used and size/ di­men­sions.

Se­lec­tions will be made by the Charles County Com­mis­sion on In­di­vid­u­als with Dis­abil­i­ties. The

Char­i­ta­ble Trust seek­ing non­profit sur­vey par­tic­i­pants

The Charles County Char­i­ta­ble Trust has launched the Non­profit Eco­nomic and So­cial Im­pact Study, which aims to de­velop a pic­ture of the range and ac­tiv­i­ties of non­prof­its and to take mea­sure of their con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal econ­omy and to the com­mu­nity’s qual­ity of life.

The prin­ci­pal tool for the study is an ex­ten­sive sur­vey, which was mailed out on June 5 to all the county’s non­profit char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions. The dead­line for com­plet­ing and re­turn­ing the forms is July 14.

Ac­cord­ing to Vi­vian Mills, the trust’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, the sur­vey cov­ers all the rel­e­vant ar­eas of non­profit op­er­a­tions. It asks for in­for­ma­tion rang­ing from bud­get and fi­nan­cial ac­tiv­ity to fundrais­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, em­ploy­ment, num­ber of vol­un­teers, use of tech­nol­ogy, and mar­ket­ing ef­forts. It also in­vites the re­spon­dents to in­di­cate what they see as the ma­jor needs in the com­mu­nity and to de­scribe their or­ga­ni­za­tion’s par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges and ac­com­plish­ments.

Mills said that, while par­tic­i­pa­tion is vol­un­tary, the goal is for a gen­er­ous re­sponse that will as­sure a re­al­is­tic pic­ture of the non­profit sec­tor’s role.

When the re­sults have been com­piled and eval­u­ated by the end of sum­mer, the Trust will is­sue a re­port for wide­spread dis­tri­bu­tion. The data will ap­pear only in ag­gre­gate form, omit­ting iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions.

When asked how the study came about, Mills said that much is known about the two other main sec­tors — busi­ness and gov­ern­ment — but all too lit­tle is known about the non­profit realm. It has been grow­ing steadily, here as through­out the coun­try, and at the same time it has been sub­ject to grow­ing de­mands for ser­vices and in­creas­ing reg­u­la­tory over­sight and public scru­tiny. To find out how it is far­ing un­der such pres­sures, she noted, it is far prefer­able to col­lect data from the source it­self than to make as­sump­tions.

The Charles County Char­i­ta­ble Trust was in­cor­po­rated in June 2016 and is a 501(c)(3) tax-ex­empt char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion. Its mis­sion is to help im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of the county’s non­profit sec­tor.

The trust is gov­erned by a seven-mem­ber board of direc­tors in­clud­ing San­dra McGraw, Me­lanie Bos­ton-Hol­land, Ann Chab, Stephen M. Bunker, Tan­isha San­ders, Jes­sica Tal­ley, and Kurt Wolf­gang. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.charlesnon­prof­ or by con­tact­ing the Trust at info@charlesnon­prof­ or 301-934-3700.

Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge off-peak flag­ging to con­tinue

The Gov. Harry W. Nice Memo­rial Bridge (U.S. 301) across the Po­tomac River will con­tinue to be re­duced to one lane with flag­ging op­er­a­tions al­ter­nat­ing north­bound and south­bound traf­fic dur­ing off-peak hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day. Overnight flag­ging op­er­a­tions are also per­mit­ted 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day. Crews are per­form­ing work as part of the Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity’s (MDTA) $5.4 mil­lion project to re­pair the sub­struc­ture and su­per­struc­ture of the Nice bridge. The project be­gan in spring 2017 and is ex­pected to be com­plete in early 2019.

Driv­ers may ob­serve equip­ment like bridge in­spec­tion trucks on the bridge as well as in­spec­tors climb­ing and mov­ing over the struc­ture. Trucks greater than 10-feet wide will not be per­mit­ted to cross the bridge dur­ing flag­ging op­er­a­tions. Ev­ery ef­fort will be made to cross all ve­hi­cles ex­ceed­ing 10feet from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Driv­ers of ve­hi­cles ex­ceed­ing the width re­stric­tion must call 301-259-4444 to ob­tain ap­proval and sched­ule an es­cort. Calls must be made one hour prior to ar­rival at the bridge and will only be ac­cepted be­tween 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day. In ad­di­tion, no over­weight ve­hi­cles (80,000-plus pounds) will be per­mit­ted to cross the bridge when there is con­struc­tion on the bridge.

To view real-time traf­fic cam­era im­ages on MDTA road­ways, go to mdta.mary­

Girls on the Run seeks vol­un­teer coaches

Girls on the Run South­ern Mary­land is look­ing for two coaches for the new­est Charles County site at C. Paul Barn­hart El­e­men­tary. Meet­ings will be Mon­days and Wed­nes­days from 4-5:15pm. Go to www.gotr­ to sign up to be a coach. Vol­un­tary, but very strongly en­cour­aged, free CPR/ AED/First Aid train­ing is on Satur­day, Aug. 5, at the Char­lotte Hall li­brary from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Manda­tory coach train­ing is on Satur­day, Aug. 19 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Char­lotte Hall li­brary. Al­ready signed-up coaches will re­ceive a sep­a­rate and more de­tailed email mid-July.

CPR, AED, first aid classes held monthly

South­ern Mary­land CPR & First Aid Train­ing is hold­ing monthly classes for CPR, AED and first aid train­ing in Owings. The classes are open to the public, and in­clude a two-year cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (card is­sued) in adult, child and in­fant CPR, AED and First Aid train­ing.

The dates for the classes are: Thurs­day, July 27, at 5 p.m., Tues­day, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m. and Mon­day, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 443-481-7796, or go to www.somd­

Ste­wart to host ‘Back-to-School’ com­mu­nity event

Kick off the school year with Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers’ Vice Pres­i­dent Amanda M. Ste­wart (D) at her third an­nual “Back-to-School” Com­mu­nity Fi­esta on Satur­day, Aug. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mat­ta­woman Mid­dle School, 10145 Berry Road, Wal­dorf. All ages are in­vited to at­tend. Chil­dren must be ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent or guardian.

“The Com­mu­nity Fi­esta is a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to have fun while learn­ing,” Ste­wart said in a press re­lease. “I en­cour­age stu­dents to in­vite their friends and fam­ily, and join me as we kick start the new school year.”

The “Back-to-School” Com­mu­nity Fi­esta will fo­cus on say­ing no to bullying, drugs, and tex­ting and driv­ing. Dur­ing the event, chil­dren will have the op­por­tu­nity to sign pledges to “say no.” Sev­eral learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will be avail­able, in­clud­ing self-de­fense and hand­son CPR demon­stra­tions. Non-profits, lo­cal busi­nesses, and state agen­cies will pro­vide safety and health in­for­ma­tion and re­sources for par­ents.

Raf­fles, give­aways, and light re­fresh­ments will be avail­able. The first 200 chil­dren present will re­ceive a back­pack.

Spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able, rang­ing from gold to ti­ta­nium lev­els. Spon­sors must com­plete the spon­sor­ship lev­els and com­mit­ment form by Satur­day, July 29. Those in­ter­ested in mone­tary do­na­tions must com­plete the Re­ceipt for Cash Do­na­tions Form. Both forms can be down­loaded at and re­turned via email to Ste­wartEvents@CharlesCoun­

For more in­for­ma­tion or in­ter­est in vol­un­teer­ing at the event, email Ste­wartEvents@CharlesCoun­ Vol­un­teer as­sign­ment train­ing dates are Wed­nes­day, July 19 and Satur­day, July 22. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

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